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This article for primary teachers suggests ways in which to help children become better at working systematically.
The NRICH team are always looking for new ways to engage teachers and pupils in problem solving. Here we explain the thinking behind maths trails.
This article for teachers suggests activities based on pegboards, from pattern generation to finding all possible triangles, for example.
Can you put the 25 coloured tiles into the 5 x 5 square so that no column, no row and no diagonal line have tiles of the same colour in them?
How many different triangles can you draw on the dotty grid which each have one dot in the middle?
Arrange 9 red cubes, 9 blue cubes and 9 yellow cubes into a large 3 by 3 cube. No row or column of cubes must contain two cubes of the same colour.
This task depends on groups working collaboratively, discussing and reasoning to agree a final product.
Can you find all the different triangles on these peg boards, and find their angles?
Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?
Place the numbers 1 to 10 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
This problem is based on a code using two different prime numbers less than 10. You'll need to multiply them together and shift the alphabet forwards by the result. Can you decipher the code?
Make your own double-sided magic square. But can you complete both sides once you've made the pieces?
Choose four different digits from 1-9 and put one in each box so that the resulting four two-digit numbers add to a total of 100.
Can you put the numbers 1 to 8 into the circles so that the four calculations are correct?
This cube has ink on each face which leaves marks on paper as it is rolled. Can you work out what is on each face and the route it has taken?
This challenging activity involves finding different ways to distribute fifteen items among four sets, when the sets must include three, four, five and six items.
This tricky challenge asks you to find ways of going across rectangles, going through exactly ten squares.
Solve this Sudoku puzzle whose clues are in the form of sums of the numbers which should appear in diagonal opposite cells.
Use the interactivity to find all the different right-angled triangles you can make by just moving one corner of the starting triangle.
This challenge extends the Plants investigation so now four or more children are involved.
You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?
Place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so that each number is the difference between the two numbers just below it.
We're excited about this new program for drawing beautiful mathematical designs. Can you work out how we made our first few pictures and, even better, share your most elegant solutions with us?
A game for 2 people. Take turns placing a counter on the star. You win when you have completed a line of 3 in your colour.
Have a go at this well-known challenge. Can you swap the frogs and toads in as few slides and jumps as possible?
Try out the lottery that is played in a far-away land. What is the chance of winning?
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more than one weight on a hook.
Investigate the smallest number of moves it takes to turn these mats upside-down if you can only turn exactly three at a time.
How many triangles can you make using sticks that are 3cm, 4cm and 5cm long?
Can you cover the camel with these pieces?
What happens when you try and fit the triomino pieces into these two grids?
60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?
How many different ways can you find to join three equilateral triangles together? Can you convince us that you have found them all?
Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remover them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?
What do the numbers shaded in blue on this hundred square have in common? What do you notice about the pink numbers? How about the shaded numbers in the other squares?
Arrange the four number cards on the grid, according to the rules, to make a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line.
Use the clues to find out who's who in the family, to fill in the family tree and to find out which of the family members are mathematicians and which are not.
There are nine teddies in Teddy Town - three red, three blue and three yellow. There are also nine houses, three of each colour. Can you put them on the map of Teddy Town according to the rules?
Ben and his mum are planting garlic. Use the interactivity to help you find out how many cloves of garlic they might have had.
Start with three pairs of socks. Now mix them up so that no mismatched pair is the same as another mismatched pair. Is there more than one way to do it?
These are the faces of Will, Lil, Bill, Phil and Jill. Use the clues to work out which name goes with each face.
Can you find all the different ways of lining up these Cuisenaire rods?
Can you make a train the same length as Laura's but using three differently coloured rods? Is there only one way of doing it?
Find out what a "fault-free" rectangle is and try to make some of your own.
Place the numbers 1 to 8 in the circles so that no consecutive numbers are joined by a line.
A challenging activity focusing on finding all possible ways of stacking rods.
How many trains can you make which are the same length as Matt's, using rods that are identical?
Use the interactivity to help get a feel for this problem and to find out all the possible ways the balls could land.
Is it possible to place 2 counters on the 3 by 3 grid so that there is an even number of counters in every row and every column? How about if you have 3 counters or 4 counters or....?